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SuperHeadz Plamodel DIY 35mm Camera


Well, my entries here have been sparse lately, as I have been caught up doing lots of other fun stuff which I will talk about over the course of the next few posts. I have been taking lots of photos with the blackbird,fly as well as capturing my photographic excursions on good old fashioned 8mm film, as part of a project in collaboration with the excellent people from Powershovel/Superheadz. I hope my movie making skills are up to par, I suppose we won’t really know until the film is developed (in Japan) and transferred to digital media for editing, fingers crossed the material will be useful to my Tokyo friends. I’ve certainly had fun taking my family around different locations to photograph and film them, we have traveled to all the usual places I would go to capture the world around me through a plastic lens; the seaside, into the city and just generally mucking around at home as well…

In other upcoming projects I have planned, I will endeavour to construct the SuperHeadz Plamodel DIY 35mm Camera (pictured) before your very eyes in a video how-to. Phil and I discussed this camera in the Photogeek.tv podcast #84 and it looks quite interesting, as well as educational. I am fortunate enough to have one of these kits, so this should be a bit of fun and will test my D.I.Y. skills, as the instructions are in Japanese, but the diagrams seem very straightforward and understandable. I think it should go OK, but the proof of the camera is in the building. Whatever happens – any problems will be due to me, not the kit, I’m sure! Stay tuned for that one anyway, could be interesting!

The Digital Harinezumi from Superheadz

The little bit of digital I refer to in the post title is the Digital Harizenumi, a forthcoming piece of kit from Superheadz that looks to be the coolest blend of analogue ambience encompassed in a digital camera that I have ever seen. Looking a bit like a 110 film cartridge (only way cooler) this piano black camera produces some wonderful analogue like movies as well as shooting still images. Harinezumi translated to English from the Japanese is “hedgehog” and anyone familiar with the cute graphics of Superheadz will know the particular character this refers to! Sure it’s digital, but the results are so full of old-school character (and just sheer magic) from the videos I have seen produced by it, that I would be more than happy to use one! Here is one example movie in colour made by my friend in Tokyo, Nick Dangerfield and another using the cameras black and white mode by him as well. I just love them. I am sure you will be hearing more about the Harinezumi here as well as elsewhere…
You can get more of a taste at this link here: digital harinezumi! You can also read more about it at Nic Nichols site.

2 Comments

  1. Ben LoganNo Gravatar wrote:

    Wow. Those videos are the closest thing to “Digital Super 8″ that I’ve ever seen. Beautiful stuff! Life looks mysterious and poetic (thanks to the talent of the videographers as well).

    Any idea of when they’ll be available for purchase? The Superheadz site says “beginning of 2009.” We’re nearing the end of the first quarter here… Maybe soon?

    Thanks for the “headz-up” about the new product, Artpunk. You’re my go-to guy for all things toy-camera related. :)

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 14:08 | Permalink
  2. CameronNo Gravatar wrote:

    Hi Ben, sorry for my delayed reply! Yes, I love the results that I have seen from the Harinezumi so far, for a digital camera it gives an amazingly analogue look and feel. I think Superheadz may be distributing them in Japan now dependent on supply, but if the bbf was anything to go by the pattern will be Japan release and then gradually the rest of the world as the stock comes in. Now that there is a Superheadz/Powershovel office in New York I suspect that the U.S.A. may be the next country to officially have them released.

    Monday, April 6, 2009 at 17:24 | Permalink

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